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Monck Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Reservations Now Available
Reservations at Monck Provincial Park are now available for stays within the next 4 months. Log in to your Discover Camping account or call the call centre to make your reservation for the 2020 camping season.
Help keep Nicola Lake healthy
We all need to do our part to keep Nicola Lake as healthy as possible. Please keep yourself updated with information on Nicola Lake at http://www.fraserbasin.bc.ca/tr_nicola_lake.html.
About This Park
Set on the shore of Nicola Lake, Monck Provincial Park offers a wide assortment of recreational activities including camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, water-skiing, wind-surfing and hiking.
A very popular family-oriented campground in a hot, dry setting this park has very high use during the summer season.
In addition to providing recreational opportunities, Monck protects a ponderosa pine, bunchgrass ecosystem and a volcanic rock cliff landscape.
Established Date: September 28, 1951
Park Size: 118 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Nicola Lake is subject to frequent sudden windstorms, posing a very real danger to small boats.
- The swimming area is buoyed off from boat traffic. The lake bottom drops off sharply between the buoys and close to the shore in other areas of the lake. Use caution.
- The extreme hot, dry climate can result in overexposure to the sun. Everyone in your party should wear sunscreen of at least 15 SPF and a hat with a brim.
- Wood ticks are most prevalent between March and June. These parasites reside in tall grass and low shrubbery and seek out warm-blooded hosts. Although they are potential carriers of disease, they are a natural part of the environment and can be easily avoided. Your legs should be protected by wearing trousers tucked into socks or gaiters. After outdoor activity, thoroughly examine yourself. Check your pets for ticks as well.
- Valuables, when left unattended or at night, should be stored out of sight and locked up at all times. Please report all thefts to the Park Staff as soon as possible.
- Major credit cards are accepted at the gatehouse and store.
There is a pay telephone at the gate office near the entrance to the park.
- Quiet Hours are 10 pm to 7 am. Music, generators, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours.
- Hibachis and campstoves can burn the picnic tables. Please do not use them on the tables.
- Pets must be on leash (no longer than 2 metres) at all times while in the park. They are not allowed on beaches or in day-use areas. Owners must clean up after their pets.
- Consumption of alcohol is prohibited except in your campsite.
Parking and Traffic Safety
- Roadways can be very busy. All road users must obey traffic regulations and rules. The speed limit within the park is 10 km/hour or less. Always yield to the slowest mode of travel; e.g., cyclists yield to walkers.
- Motorcycles and bicycles are permitted on park roads only and must travel in the same direction & speed as the signage indicates. Motorcycles must be properly licenced and must be operated by a licenced driver only. Helmets must be worn. Unlicenced ATVs or dirt bikes are not permitted.
- Parking is prohibited on the side of the road. Please park on the gravelled portion of your campsite or in designated parking spaces. Vehicles parked in day-use areas after 11 pm may be ticketed or towed.
Location and Maps
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
On the western shore of Nicola Lake, 22 km north of Merritt, 12 km off Hwy 5A via narrow paved road.
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: Established in 1951. The original land was donated and was the site of an old homestead. There are archaeological sites including two First Nations pit house depressions in the day-use area.
- Wildlife: There are 26 species of fish in Nicola Lake.
- Management Planning Information
Approved management plan for Monck Provincial Park [PDF].
This is not the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
Monck provides 132 vehicle-accessible campsites, including 17 double sites. Sites are sunny but each receives some shade throughout the day. Most sites can accommodate larger units. Five of the sites also have a tent pad. Campsites are located in three loops and provide close and easy access to the lake. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
If there are no staff at the gatehouse upon arrival, all campers, including reservation customers, must self register. There are three self-registration stations in the campground, one in each loop. Staff will be at the campground at least once a day during the camping season. The entrance gate is locked between the hours of 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. In emergencies the park attendant can be reached at the residence in the service yard during these hours.